At Costco, Rite Aid and Walgreens stores throughout the region, cashiers ask shoppers to “buy” a paper balloon for $1 from the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN), an organization that supports children’s hospitals throughout North America.
Funds raised by CMN in this region directly support Cohen Children’s Medical Center. Most of the donations enhance our Child Life program, which helps kids cope with hospitalization through play, art and emotional support. For example, a Child Life specialist might guide a teddy bear through a mock MRI to put a nervous child at ease.
Cohen Children’s has previously used money from CMN programs to support its multifaith chapel and MIBG therapy, a radiation treatment for neuroblastoma, a type of cancer most often found in infants and young children.